I am picking up litter, and Linda is in Greece,”
I explained to Mary Hasenoerhl as we walked near Rockin’
Y formerly Lucky Acres Stables.
I think the origin of the TRC Adopt-a-Road project
belongs to Bill Cone. Bill was still organizing it when
I joined the club though we seldom saw either Bill or
Kathy on a club ride.
Why would cyclists want to Adopt-a-Road? Bill probably
figured it would be good public relations for cyclists.
And we do ride to Barr Road on Tammany all the time
so we’d benefit from a cleaner roadway too.
In any case it was Linda who decided to take it over.
She did make the first couple of arrangements and might
have even picked up the signs,bags, and vests from the
Nez Perce County Road department, though I think that
chore fell to me very early on. And of course, what’s
a retired guy going to do with his time? Bicycle?
Weekend dates were the norm until Doug Goodenough
suggested a weekenight last spring. I’m sure Steve
would have approved. He complained vociferously about
litter pickup begin scheduled in the mid-morning effectively
ending any possiblity of a long ride that day.
The chore itself takes less than 2 hours maybe just
an hour when we turn out in force. Last spring, however,
I think I was picking up for the full two hours. We
got it done and more people did show up as we went along
arriving after work but I was nervous about this fall’s
event. Would I find myself alone? I could picture that
scenariou and I didn’t like it.
No need to have fretted. Eleven people showed up and
we finished by 6:30. True, we violated proceedure by
posting the signs at both ends of our 2 mile stretch
instead of doing 1 mile at a time. But we didn’t
bunch up. I divided the two miles into 5 roughly equivalent
settings. Volunteers drove to a section, walked one
side and back the other, then helped in other sections.
Good to see new people too. Donna and Gary have become
mainstays of the club this summer. They’re doing
Tour de Lacs this weekend, but maybe we’ll get
‘em to Joseph next year. Mary Hasenoerhl is one
of Linda’s Easy Does It riders who just may become
more active with the rest of us.
So, Linda, hope you picked up a little trash somewhere
in Greece just to keep your hand in.
Honor Roll for
Mary Lou Gruber
On the road today, a nice lady stopped
her car to tell me "We appreciate your work."
I gave her our club name and asked her
to "Give a cyclists a break."
"I always do," she said.